Monday, 29 November 2010

Quote of the day...

...goes, a day late, to NUS President Aaron Porter;
For too long the NUS has perhaps been too cautious and too spineless about being committed to supporting student activism. Perhaps I spent too long over the last few days doing the same.
This has to be the understatement of the century. Nonetheless, his declaration that "I just want to apologise for my dithering in the last few days" is to be welcomed. If only because the "leaders" of the left are waking up to the fact that we're no longer content to simply let off steam as they further their careers.

As Lenin's Tomb put it, this "eans the most militant students are setting the pace. They are leading, and the official leadership is trying to catch up." This is indeed a good thing.

But what's important now is that we don't let them. They can grovel all they like, and I implore them to forever to admit their spinelessness. But the second that they are back in front the concessions will disappear, militancy will be swallowed up, and momentum will cease in favour of a pressure-release that accomplishes nothing.

The student movement has put everybody else to shame, thus far in the campaign against ruling class austerity. If they fold to the moderates, then there really is no hope for any of us.